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Old November 10th, 2007, 07:42 AM   #1
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I'm looking for a trailer again, new or used, but must be in good shape w/brakes on both axles.
Here's my question: Which would be better, 7000lbs or a 10,000lbs? My Jeep was about 3850lbs stock . Add in all the extras, suspension, bumpers,wheels and tires, skid plates, winch,rocker guards, and probly more down the road, advanced rollcage(a must),tube fenders, crusher corners w/tube fenders,larger axles (D60's or similar) and on and on and on. This thing could end up weighing 5000lbs or more. With the weight of the trailer, that's right at the spec. limit of the trailer. So should I hold out for a 10,000lbs one or go with the 7000lbs trailer? It seems like alot of people on here use the 7000lbs trailer size. So what do you guys and gals think. I don't want to have to upgrade a couple of years down the road to a heavier duty trailer.

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Old November 10th, 2007, 08:01 AM   #2
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i have had a suburban on my 7000 lb trailer and it towed fine, trailer seemed to handle it well. Just make sure you run a 225 wide tire
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Rick, You have seen my set up. I have a 18' R&R aluminum trailer which is 1,100 pounds, this tows great. It's rated for 7,000 pounds, so that gives me a 5,900 pound load range. Myself I wouldn't go with a heavier trailer if you don't have too. Plus aluminum trailer will never rust, need paint, and is easier to move around. Just my .02
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Old November 10th, 2007, 08:11 AM   #4
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I thought the 7000 lb trailer would work fine. I'd like to get the aluminum trailer, but it's a little out of my budget as of now. However, I will upgrade to a aluminum one down the road when the budget allows. As for now, I don't want to have to drive to the trail rides anymore. It's a pain when the family is along. You saw at the west side ride we drove two vehicles. The gas bill was a little high that weekend.
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Old November 10th, 2007, 09:36 AM   #5
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I've had a 7000 and been totally satisfied.

I considered the aluminum trailer but ruled it out for 2 reasons. First, the cost got me close enough to an enclosed trailer, which I bought.

Second, there are those that have had problems with salt. Yes, others have not and alot of snowmobile trailers are aluminum. But, I didn't want to chance it.

Back to your question, if all you're gonna haul is your jeep, don't spend the extra money on the 10,000.
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Old November 10th, 2007, 09:44 AM   #6
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Thanks for the input. I'm gonna get the 7000 pounder. I came across a good one at a good price I'm going to go look at.
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I have a 7000lb trailer and on several occasions i have had in excess of 8000lbs on it. It hauls a 6000lb bronco on a regular basis. Mine however only as 1 brake axle and that seems to be plenty.
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I have a 7000 lb trailer, and like others have had many full sized loads on it.

Am I wrong thinking that, with 7000lb trailer, that 7000lb is the max for the axles, and that you are fine to load it over that, considering you are transferring some of the weight on the tow vehicle?
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I have a 7000 lb trailer, and like others have had many full sized loads on it.

Am I wrong thinking that, with 7000lb trailer, that 7000lb is the max for the axles, and that you are fine to load it over that, considering you are transferring some of the weight on the tow vehicle?
How are you transferring the load onto the tow vehicle? Thru the hitch? Most hitches (not including equalizer hitches) are only good for 300-500 pounds of tongue weight.

Bottom line, the trailer and cargo, free standing, should not exceed the GVW.
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Old November 10th, 2007, 10:06 PM   #10
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As for as legal goes it is what you scale out of on the axles. Each axle should only have 3,500 LB on it or lower or you could get a fine for being over but I highly doubt that would ever happen as long as everything looked safe.
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As for as legal goes it is what you scale out of on the axles. Each axle should only have 3,500 LB on it or lower or you could get a fine for being over but I highly doubt that would ever happen as long as everything looked safe.
The only thing you will ever have looked at is the weight limit on the tires. If those are ok, you will never have a problem.
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